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Progression of Women in Media

Women in newspapers, media, and journalism
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Nicole Araujo

on 6 December 2012

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Transcript of Progression of Women in Media

Women in Journalism By the end of the 19th century more women than ever were journalists. Most were paid per piece instead of being salaried newspaper staff member, and the women who were were staff members typically only wrote for the women's pages: Food, Family, Fashion, and Furnishing. Most female journalists were assigned articles on the subjects that were deemed important and interesting to women but of limited value to a wider audience. Elizabeth Cady Stanton began a feminist movement in 1840, documenting the inequalities between men and women in American society. The early women’s movement, beginning with Stanton’s declaration and ending around 1875, was characterized by women’s increasing exercise of voice and agency in all areas of American life. Men felt threatened by women trying t to gain equality because it was disrupting the traditional social order. Women in Media Women are constantly overshadowed by men in media. It has been reported that the majority of news sources have been male. A recent study of international media revealed that 79 percent of experts quoted in the news media around the world are men while a mere 21 percent are women. While more women are taking over jobs that have been reserved for men, newspapers and the media are not following in the same footsteps. Stories that represent women are scarce giving off the impression that women are unimportant to public events and undeserving of leadership roles. Women are more involved in the media and social networks than men are, but men are still represented in news and journalism. Women such as Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres, and Barbara Walters are just a few examples of women who have succeeded in the media business and are known for discussing and contributing to stories that don't only include topics that are meant for women: family, food, fashion, and furnishings. And though women are taking over more positions that were intended to be for me in fields such as politics, sports, and corporate business, newspapers and the media are still under representing women and we are viewed as being inadequate or incapable of discussing hard news.

"The greatest hope for creating a more “female friendly” media is to put more women in decision-making positions. In order to achieve a more female-friendly media, monitoring and advocacy of gender representation are needed."
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